April 28, 2018

The 4 styles of classroom communication grid (Scott and Mortimer, 2003)


How might we improves learners understanding and engagement with science?

We start with the understanding that learners bring their own observations and experiences to the science lesson: “Learners make sense of the new information in relation to what they bring with them to the learning contexts and the teacher facilitates the process of sense making." (Msimanga)

We use the following model, originally created by Scott and Mortimer (2003) and added to by Audrey Msimanga's research, to help mathematics and science teachers make more use of learner voice in their lessons, in order to make stronger connections with what learners already know. MS Grid


A link to further reading: https://koppa.jyu.fi/en/courses/148859/lecture/article-teaching-science-in-a-meaningful-way


- 2 comments by 1 or more people

  1. Janet Baker

    Does anyone have any experience of using this in school? My prediction is that a non interactive-authoritative approach becomes more common when external assessments are imminent. Is this so?

    01 May 2018, 09:49

  2. Janet Baker

    How difficult can it be to encourage the learners to talk? In my experience it can be quite a challenge to involve all the learners, as some stay quiet and some talk too much!

    01 May 2018, 09:52


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